French photographer Yann Arthus-Betrand became a publishing sensation when his 'Earth From The Air' coffee-table book was launched in 2007. Featuring large scale aerial photographs of astonishing natural landscapes, the book showed the beauty of our world and how it is changing.
But his latest book has been labelled 'a disgrace' and 'a massive con' by disappointed shoppers.
'The Air From The Earth' contains dozens of huge colour photographs purporting to show the sky from different points on the Earth's surface. One picture is captioned 'The air directly above Albuquerque, New Mexico' yet merely shows a lot of blue. 'Looking up from Southbourne Cliffs, Bournemouth' is simply a large expanse of grey.
'I paid £60 for this,' said aggrieved shopper Terry Hunt, 52. 'But every picture is just white, or blue, or blue with bits of white, or completely black in the case of the Air from Earth at Night section. I could look up at the sky myself and get exactly the same effect.'
A spokesman for Yann Arthus-Betrand said the photographer couldn't be contacted as he was currently working on his next project, Outer Space from Further Outer Space.